This, it appeared to the authorities in Lombard Street, would exceed the bounds of fair competition.
In 1592 a "hard Jew or Lombard" put him in confinement for a debt on a bond.
The girl sat between Lonergan and Lombard at a round table near the fireplace.
Ye ken Morini, as they call him, the Lombard goldsmith in the Canongate?
How fast the crowded omnibuses dash past with their loads of young Greshams and future rulers of Lombard Street!
You will never do here, nor should ever have come—a lamb among our Lombard wolves.
Wyant glanced at Mrs. Lombard, who continued to knit impassively.
Sir Joseph wanted the rabbits for his men in Lombard Street.
The hand which is called broken Lombard belongs to a later time.
A wreck from the last Lombard revolt landed upon our shores in June.
from Late Latin Langobardus, proper name of a Germanic people who conquered Italy 6c. and settled in the northern region that became known as Lombardy, from Proto-Germanic Langgobardoz, often said to mean literally "Long-beards," but perhaps rather from *lang- "tall, long" + the proper name of the people (Latin Bardi). Their name in Old English was Langbeardas (plural), but also Heaðobeardan, from heaðo "war."
In Middle English the word meant "banker, money-changer, pawnbroker" (late 14c.), from Old French Lombart "Lombard," also "money-changer; usurer; coward," from Italian Lombardo (from Medieval Latin Lombardus).
Lombards in Middle Ages were notable throughout Western Europe as bankers and money-lenders, also pawn-brokers; they established themselves in France from 13c., especially in Montpellier and Cahors, and London's Lombard Street (c.1200) originally was the site of the houses of Lombard bankers. French also gave the word in this sense to Middle Dutch and Low German. Lombardy poplar, originally from Italy but planted in North American colonies as an ornamental tree, is attested from 1766.